The build quality on a lot of these tablets isn't that great and there are bunches of posts by people who've had their tablet suddenly die. However, if that doesn't happen what kind of future do any of these tablets have? Most were manufactured to the bare minimum requirements of the OS that ships on them, and not only may never see a firmware upgrade they may not be technically capable of running (or at least running well) any other version of Android than the (already outdated) one that is on them. In the not-too-distant future (like, say, February of 2011 when Honeycomb is rumored to hit) there will probably be a lot more apps being released that can't even be installed on any of these "Eclair" or earlier tablets. So by this time next year am I just going to chuck the tablet in the bin at the electronics recycling center? Use them to level uneven tables? Prop doors open? Kitchen countertop trivet? I presume that, after the manufacturer stops supporting the device(s) the dev community will continue to release custom Android roms for a while, but ultimately they'll also run into problems given the limited hardware that can't be upgraded. There are ARM ports of both Debian and BSD that could extend the usable life of these tablets as well, though most of the work I've seen on that runs them as chroot so as to preserve the existing Android os, rather than ditching Android entirely for the other os (which, of course, also brings problems some Android rom cooks are dealing with - "proprietary code" used by some of the hardware that either still needs to be open-sourced or reverse-engineered). I'm not holding my breath, though, on a fully functional Debian or BSD port for any of these tablets. Your thoughts?